In Search Of Artistic Sedona, Arizona: A Walking Tour Of Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art

In Search Of Artistic Sedona, Arizona: A Walking Tour Of Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art

This is the first in a series of infrequent articles highlighting the arts community of Sedona, Arizona.

It doesn’t take long to figure out that fine art is not in short supply in Sedona. As you drive through the city’s main thoroughfare on State Route 89A, it becomes quite evident that there is a profound respect not only for nature’s creations but also for those that are meticulously crafted by the hands of men.

One of the first things that you notice, besides the beautiful red rock formations (of course), is the inordinate number of art pieces sitting in full view for everyone’s enjoyment on the city’s street corners and side streets. Usually, these pieces can be found right outside either one of Sedona’s massive number of art galleries.

It’s the perfect blend of aesthetics that makes the city that much more wondrous if that’s even possible.  Yet, somehow it is.  The city boasts at least 50 fantastic galleries which house an amazing array of sculptures, paintings, and southwestern artifacts.

I decided to take a walk outside of my hotel room to pay a visit to an art gallery that was literally, steps away, on the right.   Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art was more like a 3-dimensional fantasy where everything that you loved about art was staring back at you in living color. I was literally on sensory overload.  There were so many things vying for my attention that I had to stand still for a moment and get it together.  It was overwhelming and dramatic and uplifting.

I spent a good two hours taking in every shape, color, and meaning that this showcase offered its visitor. There was ample seating for those who wanted to sit and ponder on the rather high price tags that went upward in the million dollar range.  There were sculptures made out of various media, glass art that shone like the morning sunrise, intricate jewelry that honored indigenous cultures, Oil Paintings that told stories of the old Southwest that you couldn’t wait to listen to. This is just a small sampling what I got to experience.

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Sunriser 2 by Sculptor Bobbie Carlyle is a study in dramatic poise.

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All three of these Wind sculptures are by the artist Mark White.  On the left is Flame 3 Blade, the center one is the only one of his sculptures I couldn’t identify and the one on the right is called Wind Ripples.

 

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The winding pathway of the outdoor courtyard of Exposures. It looked like a festive cantina.

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“Forever”, a romantic ode to Roman mythology and sensuality by Daniel Newman.

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Another piece by Bobbie Carlyle titled very appropriately, “Self Made Man”. And like all of us, he is still a work in progress.

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The bronze work by Marianne Caroselli was usually of gleeful children at play like this one of a boy and girl watering the family garden.

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My favorite sculpture was “Windsong” by Susanne Vertel. I love the fluid, yet graceful lines that emanated from the bronze piece.

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Orb Verdigris Patina, one of Mark White’s Wind Sculptures

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A bronze work by Marianne Caroselli with two children bathing the family pet.

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This majestic, expansive eagle was created by Bronze sculpture artist, Chester Fields and is entitled “Splashdown”.

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This solemn figure wedged between the two wind sculptures is Susanne Vertel’s “Wish Upon An Angel”.

Are you as intrigued with the beauty of art as I am?   Do you make it a habit to visit galleries whether you are at home or on vacation like I do?   What are your recommendations for the ones that should be on everyone’s list?

 

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Renee King
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  • Julia Smith
    Posted at 13:35h, 08 February Reply

    These pics are so beautiful and so amazing. 🙂
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  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 20:39h, 12 February Reply

    I see you enjoyed Sedona as much as I did when I went there a couple of years ago. I loved how everywhere you looked there was artwork or something beautiful to look at.
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  • Shane Curtis
    Posted at 19:08h, 14 February Reply

    Wow. I am so impressed by that huge eagle and all other photos are so nice too.
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  • Randall
    Posted at 10:26h, 20 February Reply

    Those orb statues are beautiful!
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  • Craig
    Posted at 09:02h, 22 February Reply

    The art and architecture of the Southwest is amazing. I have a vacation planned for the Las Vegas area in May and I absolutely plan on spending a few days exploring Arizona. These pictures make me even more excited for my trip!
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  • June
    Posted at 00:59h, 16 April Reply

    Hello Renee, Thank you for capturing the sites at Exposure Gallery. Nice memories for me. I lost my spouse in April 2005 and drove the seven hours from San Diego to Sedona in February of 2006. It was the best week that I could have spent. I spent so much time at Exposures that I ended up purchasing the medium sized Wish Upon an Angel. Such a treat as I had always wanted to have the number 1 piece in a collection. The trip to Sedona left me with a Blessed sense of being.

  • Monica Huey
    Posted at 19:27h, 05 May Reply

    Dear Renee,

    Thank you for your wonderful review of our gallery! What a treat to come across your beautiful words and images. We hope you will return during your next visit to Sedona! Warm Regards,

    Monica Huey (Sales Manager, Exposures Gallery)

    • Renee King
      Posted at 15:25h, 06 May Reply

      Hi Monica! It was my pleasure….it truly was like a haven to me and I highly recommend your Gallery to everyone. It really made my visit very special. Thank you for stopping by!

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